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Welcome to my web page:
From a very young age I took a special interest in music. At the age of 8, I began to learn the saxophone and by the age of 10 was in the school band. In my later teens I joined the Philadelphia Musicians Union and at age 18 was hired to play in the band at Palumbos Restaurant. Wanting to do more with music, I left Palumbos to join a dance band that toured throughout the area. Soon after I was asked back to Palumbos, where I worked off and on while continuing to do the touring dates.
Then, on one special day Frank Palumbo Sr asked me to be Palumbos Band Leader. I happily accepted and did that for 35 consecutive years. During my time at Palumbos I met some of the most popular entertainers of all time including, Jimmy Durante, Vic Damone, Cab Calloway, Tony Bennett, Al Martino, Mel Torme, The Mills Brothers, Pattie Page, Billy Daniels, Don Rickles, Pat Cooper, along with local favorites, Bobby Rydell, Frankie Avalon, Fabian, and Cozy Morley.
Unfortunately, that all ended with the 1994 fire at Palumbos that completely destroyed the club. After taking some time off to decide what to do next, I decided to gather the band together and start touring throughout the tri state area. Since 1994 I have continued to do the Big Band Sound and continue to do many shows in support of entertainers performing in venues from New York to Atlantic City and Harrisburg to Delaware.

It is with great sorrow to announce the passing of Carmen Dee (Friday August 24, 2018),
my father and a true legend in Philadelphia Music; it is definitely the end of an era!

Services will be held Thursday August 30, 2018 at St Monica’s Church in South Philly:
Viewing 9:30a-11a with mass to follow at 11a

To see where the band will be performing next, check out upcoming appearances.
Please visit my photo album to view the many entertainers I have had the pleasure to perform with.

For the Carmen Dee Promo image, click here.

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Thanks for visiting,
Carmen Dee

Palumbo's Restaurant
C.R. Club
Union League
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Franklin Plaza Hotel
Double Tree Hotel


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